Congratulations on making the move! Looking at Kahala homes is a dream for many people, and living in Hawaii feels like moving to paradise. Now you can wake up to perfect weather in a beautiful home close to the ocean.
It doesn’t matter if you move into your Kahala real estate tomorrow or if you’re still planning your big trip. There are several things you should keep in mind. When moving to Hawaii from the mainland, you might think everything will be the same, but the truth is you may experience a bit of culture shock. It’s very different from what you’re probably used to, and there are a few essential things to do as soon as you move in.
These are the six things you need to do within your first week living in your paradise Kahala real estate.
Get that beautiful Hawaii driver's license
This is relatively straightforward and something you can do nearly as soon as you move into your new home. Like transferring across any state, you will need your previous license as proof of identity and two legal documents stating you live in Hawaii or Kahala homes. This can be your mortgage statement, bills or statements from setting up your utilities, and even current pay stubs.
You will also have to pass an eye exam. As long as your current license is not expired, you will not have to take a road test or a written exam. You will have to surrender your previous license, though.
Transfer your car title and registration
While you’re getting your license at your local DMV location, you can complete an application for new vehicle registration and titling. All you need is your proof of ownership, like your previous registration with another state. As long as your vehicle passes the Hawaii safety inspections, you will be all set!
Register to vote
While some states allow you to register to vote at the DMV, Hawaii has a separate registration system. As you get settled in your Kahala real estate and have all your information for your new Hawaii driver’s license, head online to register. This is a very easy process, so don’t stress. You can still register if you haven’t swapped your license yet, but it must be done in person at your County Elections Division.
Have children? Enroll them in school
Did you consider your child’s school district when moving to Hawaii or looking at Kahala homes? The schools that service most Kahala real estate are well-reviewed, though Hawaii generally has a sound education system. There are many private schools across Hawaii if you prefer your children to go that route!
Your new school district will need your child’s previous school records and any vaccination records they have. The sooner you can enroll them, the better!
Do you have pets? Register them ASAP
Moving to Hawaii with a pet isn’t like moving across state lines. Because Hawaii is an island, they take the health and safety of both citizens and native animals very seriously. If you’re bringing a pet to your Kahala real estate, you must be aware of all its regulations.
For one, pets go through quarantine before moving into their new home. If you’re already getting settled into your home, you have probably already done this. If you are still looking at Kahala homes and planning your move, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture is where you need to start your search. There are different forms you will need depending on where in Hawaii you are flying in, and quarantine times are different. Your pet will need all their shot and vaccination records and any updated vet records you have available.
In many counties, you must register your pet with their microchip information once you have fully moved. Sometimes there is a licensing fee as well — it all depends. Talk to your realtor before you move in, or reach out to your local neighborhood group, who should be able to help guide you through the process.
Make sure all your utilities are set up
This is easy to miss when you’re extremely excited. Sometimes you’re ready to get into your Kahala real estate, and you miss something significant like a utility setup. Utilities like gas and electricity are more difficult to miss but ensure you have your trash services set up, your internet provider ready, and phone services if you need a landline for work.
Your area will determine who provides you with internet and cable. Most of Hawaii gets DSL, but about 7% have access to fiber, and 60% have satellite hookups. AT&T and Xfinity are the two largest providers.
Don’t forget to call and cancel any service you have on the mainland!